I have, as I am sure most people in my demographic do, about 6000 songs on my laptop. I probably have another 1500 or so on CD-Rs which I didn’t put on my new laptop- partly because I didn’t listen to those that much anyway, partly because they weren’t well catalogued, and partly because they document a time of my life where my musical taste was more than a little suspect.
Anyway, a helpful iTunes smart playlist tells me that of those 6000 and change songs, I have never listened to like 4600 hundred of them. Or, more accurately, I have never listened to them on this computer. This always seems a bit tragic to me, as while the internet has allowed me to have at the tip of my fingers more music than I would not otherwise have ever been able to dream of, I still end up listening to the same three or four hundred songs. To whit, while I’ve listened to “Cover it up” from Andrew Vincent and the Pirates’ awesome “I Love The Modern Way” 23 times, nothing else on my play list is above 20. “Light of the Moon” off of “Down at the Khyber” is at 19, and Julie Doiron’s “Woke myself up” is not far behind that. In fairness, I mostly listen to stuff on my iPod, so some of these are artificially low, but still.
So, since summer’s are built for seemingly unattainable projects, I am going to start the Never Been Played Project, whereby I go through, on shuffle for my own sanity, every song that hasn’t been played in my iTunes library. It started to day, fittingly, with “Thunderstruck”, which I honestly can’t believe I haven’t played since I got the new computer in December. Seriously. Right now its Keep Fishin’ by Weezer. Both are cool songs, which is optimistic, but also worrisome because it means that I defer the lesser parts of the library until later. Anyway, this will be an occasional series, as I remember, over the course of the next while.